Josh Williams, Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, Chad Marshall and Eric Gehrig caught some of the First Round action at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday. Along with Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk, the players took part in a short Q&A with 610 WTVN and FOX Sports Ohio personality Dave Maetzold before heading to the Nationwide Digital House to shoot a video with our friend Ashleigh Ignelzi.
After the players' media duties were through, they were able to take in some of the tournament play. For some of the players, it was a nice change of pace to be a spectator at a sporting event for once.
"It's unique," Gehrig said. "Golfers carry such an aura about them. It's such a hard sport and there's only a select few who can do it so well. You can't really replace the feeling or the environment of seeing it in real life. It's pretty cool.
"I encourage anyone who hasn't been to a PGA Tour event to definitely get out to see one."
— Cody Sharrett (@CodySharrett) May 30, 2013
In two heated contests last season, the Crew drew in both of its meetings with the Houston Dynamo in 2012. Before the Black & Gold kicks off the first of three matches with the Dynamo in 2013 on Saturday night, here is a look back at the home-and-home series from last season.
On a chilly April night, Eddie Gaven netted his first brace for the Black & Gold as Aaron Schoenfeld recorded his first-career assist. The Crew's effort wasn't enough for the win however as Will Bruin tallied and found Brian Ching unmarked in front of net for the 81st-minute equalizer. Andy Gruenebaum made six saves in the draw, including an acrobatic stop from a long-distance laser from Ching's right foot.
The Dynamo's Brad Davis and the Black & Gold's Cole Grossman traded first-half goals as Federico Higuaín made his MLS debut as a halftime substitute. The Argentine playmaker made an immediate impact, lobbing a 35-yard pass to find a streaking Eddie Gaven downfield to put the Crew ahead 2-1. But it was a late goal from a familiar face that left the Black & Gold with just a point to take from its first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium as former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat pounded a long-distance shot off the hands of Andy Gruenebaum and past the goal line.
The Crew made little movement in Power Rankings around the country this week despite a road draw against the first-place New York Red Bulls on Sunday. The Black & Gold's highest placing is 11th in MLSSoccer.com and ProSoccerTalk's rankings.
Here is where the Crew falls in Power Rankings after Week 13:
MLSSoccer.com: 11th (12th)
ESPNFC: 12th (12th)
Sports Illustrated: 12th (12th)
ProSoccerTalk: 11th (12th)
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
Dayton Dutch Lions head coach Patrick Bal called into Inside the Crew to preview the match up between Dayton and Columbus on May 29 in the third-round of the U.S. Open Cup.
As the Black & Gold prepare to face Dayton Dutch Lions FC in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday at Crew Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / TheCrew.com), here are a few things to know about the Crew's Buckeye State rival.
Origin: Dutch Lions FC was established in 2009 in an effort to bring the famous Dutch youth academy system to the United States. The club's core vision reads: "Dutch Lions FC wants to be a leading institute in the USA for developing professional soccer players. It brings an attractive, dominating style of professional soccer – based on the Dutch philosophy – to the community." The Dutch Lions' USL PRO team began play in the 2010 season coached by former Dutch National Team mainstay Sonny Silooy.
FC Twente: Dutch Lions FC was formed in partnership with FC Twente of the Eredivisie to bring the Dutch youth development model to the United States. FC Twente has boasted players such as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Blaise Nkufo, Oguchi Onyewu and Bryan Ruiz in recent years.
Home Stadium: The USL PRO side currently plays its home matches at the Beavercreek High School football stadium.
Coach: Dayton is coached by Dutchman Patrick Bal, in his first season as Head Coach. Bal previously coached in the youth system of Almere City FC in Holland.
Past History: Aside from scrimmages, the Crew and Dutch Lions FC have only met once: underdog Dayton beat the Black & Gold in the Third Round of last year's Open Cup, 2-1.
The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team kicks off the 2013 Toulon Tournament on Tuesday against host France, utilizing the tournament to prepare for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Hear from Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp who was called up to be part of the 40 year old tournament.